Dong Yi

Dong Yi (2010)

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"Dong Yi" is a historical drama based on the life of Dong-yi later known as Suk-bin Choi. She worked in the royal palace as a lowly water maid. King Sok-jong then selected Choi as his concubine. Choi would then give birth to Yeong-jo, the second son of King Sok-jong and the future king of Joseon. After the birth of Yeong-jo, Dong-yi would become Suk-bin.

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Feb 25, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Dong Yi is this long, epic drama. Admittedly most people feel a little scared to watch it because of its length but it's definitely worth the time spent to watch it.

The drama is definitely an eye opener. There are a lot of shocking moments in this drama where you go my dear god would people actually do that! They're appalling but it really gives you perspective on how seriously politics was read more taken back then. Also it gives great insight into the slave class and how they were treated in Korea. The drama does a great job of bringing light to that. On top of that the writers did an excellent job of weaving in romance where possible among the tragedies and mysteries of the palace.

Han Hyo Joo does an excellent job of portraying the righteous, just and beautiful Dong Yi who captures many a man's heart while she's on the quest for justice. Ji Jin Hee IS EXCELLENT. I don't know how else to say it. I'm actually a Bae Soo Bin fan so for Ji Jin Hee to steal the light from him in the drama was a pretty big deal for me. He's an excellent king! Very unlike the other kings I've seen in dramas who are portrayed very seriously and he makes it very easy to like him as a leader. Lee So Yeon is a scary woman...honestly her eyes scare me, she truly is the perfect choice for the seductress Lady Jang. Bae Soo Bin is sweet but not quite the main focus so I'll refrain from commenting on how awesome he looks with a beard.

The music behind the scenes is great and it suits the drama perfectly. Sometimes there's some pieces that when you know they come up something bad is going to happen and so I just started hating those ones but thats the only negative thing I can really say about that. Jang Nara is a great song.

And over all! It is honestly one of the best dramas I've ever seen.

Yes you should see it. Absolutely. You'd be a fool not to :) Even with it's 60 hour length!
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Jul 28, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
What I liked the most about this drama is Dong Yi's character, a beautiful and smart water maid of the Royal Palace. Thanks to her intelligence, she has managed to make her way in the difficult politics of the royal court.
Women are the real protagonists of this story, from the wise and kind queen Inhyeon to the terrible villain Jang Hui Bin.

The plot is really interesting, full of intrigues and read more conspiracies.. a look at korean history and a tender and fresh love story between the king Sukjong and Dong Yi.. It may seem like a never-ending drama since it has 60 episodes, instead it was really nice and smooth..and it seemed to have really followed Dong Yi's whole life..

There were many unforgettable characters like king Sukjong, a wise leader for his people and a skilled politician but also a kind hearted and even funny person.. thanks to Jin Ji Hee's acting^^
I also loved many supporting roles..who can forget the eunuch? XD

Han Hyo Joo is one of my favorite actresses and I don't need to say that she was great as Dong Yi.

I loved the setting of the royal palace, the sumptuous and colorful costumes and the lovely music. The OST gave a nostalgic feeling to the whole drama.

If you want to know more about korean history in a beautiful and interesting way this is a drama for you^^

Ps: sorry for my English
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Both deal with smart (as in, really, really smart), capable females that start out as slaves and rise in power, winning the king's/emperor's love along the way. Both also deal with palace politics and power play. In general, EK is more intense and has more fight scenes, but I thought the pace was good in both (little to no filler) for longish dramas.
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Well....there are so many similarities that I can't even write them all because that would spoil them. What I will say is:

-Both females leads are low born and are interested in a form of art, while in Dong Yi it's music, in Yi San it's painting.

-Both female leads fall in love with the king.

-Both dramas have a second lead who is a brotherly figure who eventually ends up forming one sided feelings for her the female lead, and she'd known him since she was a child.

-Both female leads are forced to lose their brothers at a young age.

-Both dramas have a powerful villain who at one point was queen.

-Both female leads develop close relationships with the queen of the king they have fallen in love with.

-Both dramas will make you cry, though you'll most likely cry a lot more in Yi San, because Dong Yi is a bit happier.

Basically, both dramas give off the same kind of feeling because after all, the SAME writer AND directors who produced Yi San produced Dong Yi, and vice versa.
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    claudya87 7 days ago - edited

    In historical series I seem to have a bad time telling them apart..I was never sure who was who but I agree that the plot was interesting.

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      namopanik 3 days ago

      try Secret Door, all middle aged men wearing identical official robes. And when someone finally starts to look familiar, the setting changes to his residence and different headpiece makes him unrecognizable to me.

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    namopanik 16 days ago - edited

    is it worth watching if I already know the story from other dramas and movies? is there anything in a plot other than romance?

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      tala 5 days ago

      imo its really worth watching. ive had a bad streak with historical dramas lately where either the writing of the shows i chose got really bad, or the show just dragged on to the point of me not having the motivation to finish it. but dongyi was a really nice watch throughout every single episode. i never got bored or sick of it, and the writing never upset me and stayed good/logical. besides romance i really enjoyed the brotherhood in this show, siblings deeply caring for each other. but this show offers a lot and i don't view it as solely a 'romance' show. tbh romance isnt the first thing i think of when i hear 'dongyi'. im rambling now but all in all, it's worth the watch!

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      namopanik 3 days ago

      That's encouraging, I'll give it a try.

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      tala 3 days ago

      i hope you like the show~

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    Panda Mar 25, 2017

    9/10 such a lovely drama

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    Panda Mar 23, 2017 - edited

    What a lovely adventure and journey dong yi is not only badass shes constantly running around either getting in trouble or creating trouble or being chased or chasing someone. She doesnt give you dull moments at all

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    Panda Mar 21, 2017

    loving it so far

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    WhiteCloud Oct 31, 2016 - edited

    Beautiful love story and ost but I couldn't watch this drama, although both main actors are my favorites. From the beginning this drama did not attract my attention.The events were not interesting and the comedy scenes were useless and so boring.

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    Sapir Aug 19, 2016 - edited

    I want to watch it for a long time but I'm a bit afraid of the amount of the episodes...
    Is it interesting the whole drama or has some long "dragged" times?

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      mini Oct 18, 2016

      When it comes to good historical dramas, you wish there were more episodes instead of waiting for the episode to pass!

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      Sapir Oct 21, 2016

      Heheh, thank you! I actually started it not so long ago and I'm already in episode 30! I didn't even feel it was already in this episode.

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    Heru Santoso Dja Jun 20, 2016 - edited

    This drama is so good...
    What drama is like this drama?

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    KMR Jun 5, 2016 - edited

    I really love this drama. No matter how many times I watch it. I like Dong Yi's character, very smart and brave, they also show very well she was Buddhist based on her behaviour. All characters are interesting, I only regret a bit the king was made so weak and easily manipulated, felt like the women of palace were the ones really ruling, also I didn't like how the plot dignified Jang Hui Bin's downfall . Other than that nice story. :))))

    One thing though...I always wonder how many times they try to kill DY in this drama lol but always forget to count. I bet starting from her childhood it might be something around 20 times! Ah ah ah!

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    kay Feb 11, 2016

    just like this drama

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    irish Nov 22, 2015
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    BeKaiLLe Oct 30, 2015

    why Han Hyo Joo is not the first main role in that list of characters is beyond me.
    Even Ji Jin Hee is not there when the whole freaking drama was all about them. *Sigh*

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    darkeyes1208 Oct 5, 2015

    I love Dong Yi, best sageuk I've seen so far.

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    kristel0714 Sep 19, 2015

    Finally finish it!! I enjoyed watching it from start up until episode 55. I just think the last 5 episode was slow and boring and the ending wasn't very great either. I mean it was alright but it wasn't up to my expectation. But overall the drama was amazing, i love how intelligent dong yi is! Amazing woman


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    South Korea
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    Mar 22, 2010 to Oct 12, 2010
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    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 3 min.


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    8.5 (scored by 2,539 users)
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